Gender Differences in Risk Perception: Effects Differ in Stressed vs. Non‐Stressed Environments

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Abstract

Contrary to previous reports that women are more concerned about environmental risks than men, we hypothesized that men and women residing in neighborhoods stressed by multiple hazards would demonstrate similar concerns about local environmental conditions. Analysis of a national data base and an aggregate of ten local data bases found greater female than male concern about local technological, behavioral, and land use hazards in good neighborhoods, but, as expected, not in stressed ones. We urge analysts to conduct more studies in stressed neighborhoods in order to better understand the perspective of those who live with environmental risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-511
Number of pages9
JournalRisk Analysis
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Physiology (medical)

Keywords

  • Perceived risk
  • female
  • gender
  • male
  • neighborhood

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